Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt bluntly said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up to his eyeballs in the Russia scandal and needs to be removed from power.
Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt bluntly said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is up to his eyeballs in the Russia scandal and needs to be removed from power. https://t.co/O4s002hV7p pic.twitter.com/mcd4MQPGCN
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Schmidt said on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle:
Now, let’s talk about what Trump did. Not about what the motives are. What his comportment was. But for the first time in the history of the United States, you have an American president who is absolutely unwilling to defend the country from a hostile foreign power that has attacked it. He is faithless to his oath of office. When we watched Jeff flake and you watch Olympia Snowe and Ben sass and a couple of others. What we know for sure is that the Congress under this Republican control is as feckless to American ideas, to the Constitution, to the country, as Donald Trump is. And so Jeff Flake and Snowe and Sasse and all the rest of them can say disgraceful, bad, terrible, but they actually have the power to do something about it. This is an extraordinary moment, and the Congress is absolutely unwilling to exert oversight over this president.
So Sasse and Snowe and Flake have it in their power to cut a deal with the Democrats to put subpoena power into the hands of responsible senators, many of whom may be members of the Democratic Party, but to remove Mitch Mcconnell from power, who’s up in this up to his eyeballs as well. As he was informed before the election that the Russians were meddling by President Obama and refused to take any action on it as well. But we will never, and I mean never again, see an American president perform so weekly, so incompetently on the world stage next to an adversary. Just an extraordinary debasement of the office. A personal disgrace for trump. And a national humiliation for the United States.
Trump’s Russia scandal is a Republican Party scandal
As we have been writing for years, at PoliticusUSA, Mitch McConnell is the reason why the Russians were not stopped in a bipartisan way during the 2016 election. McConnell refused to work with Obama on a bipartisan statement and resolution on the Russian election attack.
Obama didn’t issue a unilateral, because a unilateral statement would have immediately been used as a partisan weapon by Republicans and the Russians. The indictment yesterday of a Russian agent who was working with the NRA demonstrates that the Republican Party has been taken over by Putin. The Russians had been working for years to infiltrate the Republican Party.
Steve Schmidt was spot on. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in Congress are a huge part of the problem. Mitch McConnell is compromised, as is the rest of the Republican leadership who are protecting Trump, and as a matter of national security, they all must be removed from power.
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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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